As of October 2020, we are finally getting some regular rain! What a year it’s been. The ARTfarmers are busy preparing garden beds and starting crops for the upcoming season.
A few weeks before COVID-19 restrictions started (mid-March through the end of May 2020) we reopened with a socially distanced pre-order distribution model on Saturdays, (see a sample here) and have also run a pop-up stand or two for bumper crops of mangoes and dragonfruit.
We plan to reopen in November as usual, but will probably maintain social distancing with the same pre-order distribution model. Currently there is NO scheduled regular retail farmstand shopping for produce. BUT…
Pop-Ups are Possible
…We will publish and email any produce ‘pop-up’ stands on this website and our Facebook page, and distribute BY RESERVATION ONLY.
Pop-up farmstands usually occur when we have a shift in weather or when a bumper crop is ready to harvest.
ARTfarm Health and Safety
We are committed to offering a safe work environment and safe produce for our employees, volunteers and customers. Following the guidance of the US CDC and USVI DOH and USVI Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s executive orders during the COVID-19 crisis, we will continually adjust our practices to make sure we are meeting those goals, including:
- Monitoring news and heeding scientific research regarding best practices to prevent transmission.
- Asking farm workers to wear masks when harvesting, processing, packaging and handling food crops and when interacting in person with customers.
- Increasing regular cleaning, food safety and sanitation regimens, wearing masks and increasing handwashing.
- Sanitizing common surfaces frequently during customer interactions.
- Continuing to operate while preventing any gathering of more than 10 humans at a time; and insuring that all gatherings meet or exceed physical/social distancing guidelines.
- Personally staying home and reducing our carbon footprint by conserving power and water even more than usual.
- Telecommuting to any necessary meetings, school classes etc.
- Delegating, postponing or consolidating any essential off-farm errands to one day per week and one person in the family, to minimize our exposure to others.
- Postponing, reducing, and/or eliminating non-essential tasks.
- Committing to continuing to grow and distribute healthy fresh produce to the public to increase health outcomes.
- Communicating with the public about home garden practices.
What You Can Do To Help
The most important thing that you can do to help us at this time is to be positive and trust that we are busting our big red beets to produce as much food as possible during this season of increasing temperatures, and to distribute it as equitably and seamlessly as we can, while experiencing the same shortages and issues that you are around the coronavirus crisis.
- Please be patient and think cooperatively. We are all in this together.
- Please respect our physical distancing and mask use requests; we have elderly family members.
- Please avoid contacting us with ordering questions unless you’ve read our site carefully. Much information is already on this website; if you take the time to read, the answer to your question is probably already here.
- Please DO contact us immediately by text and phone if you have reserved a farmshare and cannot pick it up. Supply is limited, demand is extremely high and someone else will gladly purchase your share. We have limited time for distributions and they are scheduled. We will hold your box for you and we expect to hear from you. We understand life happens, but please do not leave us hanging, waiting for you, with your food! Our produce is harvested fresh and needs to go home with you same day. This is an honor system since we are not collecting payment until pickup.
- Please do not contact us just to see if we received your farmshare box reservation. A successful reservation will be met with a “Thank You” page and a confirmation email. Search your email program for it, and try our recommendations for troubleshooting issues with order submission, before contacting us.
- If you have to contact us, please use the contact form on this site or text the farm number instead of calling.
- Support our local chefs and restaurants (who help support local farmers) through this difficult time by ordering takeout!
- Check to see if your neighbors are doing OK or need any help. Order them some takeout!
- Post pictures of things you are preparing with your ARTfarm produce to social media and tag us with #artfarmllc so we can see it… it makes the farmers happy!